Monday, March 23, 2015

Alternating traffic: 2,803 violations midday – Les Echos

The measure, in place since Monday morning in Paris and the suburbs, will not be renewed tomorrow, announced Ségolène Royal.

More than 2,800 violations of the rule of alternating traffic were found Monday at midday in Paris and the 22 neighboring municipalities affected by this measure, announced the prefecture (PP) in Paris statement.

These 2,803 motorists have received a fine of 22 euros , and 31 of them have also seen their vehicle stopped by police.

A total of 750 police officers mobilized on the ground since 5:30 154 checkpoints intercepted 7823 vehicles with even plates.

30% in less caps

“These figures reflect the strong control activity but also of discernment which the police have shown this morning for the consideration of exceptions and individual situations, “said PP.

In the previous measurement alternating traffic, setting up March 17, 2014, the police headquarters had raised in mid-3859 offenses day in Paris and its suburbs.

“Due to improvement of the situation today and tomorrow, alternating traffic is not renewed Tuesday,” told AFP the Minister of Ecology, Segolene Royal.

The opportunity for the Minister to greet “the citizen behavior of motorists who understand the necessity of this measure.” Because in fact, effective Monday 5:30 in Paris and suburbs (22 neighboring municipalities in all, as Vincennes, Ivry-sur-Seine, Boulogne-Billancourt, Saint-Ouen), alternating traffic quickly takes its first effects. At 8 am on the roads of Ile-de-France, there were 30% fewer plugs, police Prefecture 120 kilometers instead of 180 usually

. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who asked avat the implementation of this measure several times last week said, meanwhile, that the traffic in Paris was 40% lower than that usually observed.

With this performance, the Mayor of Paris take this opportunity to re-emphasize its strategy for pollution. Recalling its commitment to ban the most polluting vehicles from July 2015 and the priority given to electric mobility. And especially emphasizing the need to react faster and stronger to implement alternating traffic, “I wish that in the future for pollution alert, alternating traffic of decision can be made automatically “she wrote on her Twitter account


Manuel Valls, called Monday morning RTL, said that alternating traffic had been “implemented in good conditions.”

Everyone is not subject to the rule. Among many waivers, “clean” vehicles (electric, hybrid, gas) or carrying at least three “Carpoolers” may move, as well as those providing public service missions (police, firemen …) and some commercial vehicles (commercial and journalists).

Free public transport

Good news for users, in return for public transport are free, and the first time renting an Autolib ‘or day ticket for a Vélib’ (within 30 minutes of traffic).

Free as, residential lots, while cars whose plate is pair can park squares “visitor”, the occupation can not normally exceed two hours.

Pollution remains at a high level. On Monday, the information threshold to particles should exceed 50 micrograms per m3, depending Airparif, the body responsible for monitoring the air quality in the Paris region.

The decision to extend or not alternating traffic should be taken at mid-day, according to new forecasts Airparif. If the measure is extended, it will be the turn of cars to circulate even plates Tuesday 24, the day together.

This action had so far been established that two times. in 1997 and most recently on March 17, 2014

Seventh-day fine particulate pollution

This time, alternating traffic comes into force on the seventh day of an episode of fine particle pollution in the Ile-de-France. But she was claimed for several days by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hildalgo and Greens worried about the level of these particles cause cancer, respiratory or cardiovascular disease, or allergies.

criticized for the delay in making this decision, the Minister for Ecology, Segolene Royal, defended herself by saying that “a restriction of freedom of decision, it is done in compliance with the rule of law. Do not confuse speed with haste. “

For its part, the president of the association 40 million motorists, Pierre Chasseray, sees this as” proof by A + B that is only in politics “because, he said, elected officials” do not care about absolute or real causes of pollution peaks or economic consequences. “

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